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VIDEO ESSAY: Pacino: Full Roar

I could not stop laughing as I watched Nelson Carvajal's "Al Pacino: Full Roar"—not just because it's the most entertaining collection of over-the-top moments since Harry Hanrahan's "Nicolas Cage Losing His Shit," but because Pacino is and always has been a theatrical actor, delightfully so.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 25, 2013 10:30 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Peter Andrews: The Soderbergh Vision

“My policy is to have my name on a movie only once,” says Steven Soderbergh, so quoted by video essayist Nelson Carvajal. “Having your name once increases the impact of that credit because I think every time you put your name up there, you’re actually diluting it.”
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 21, 2013 8:42 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Beautiful Nightmares: David Lynch's Collective Dream

David Lynch could be a wonderful stage director. Crazy to say, perhaps, but perhaps not.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • February 12, 2013 8:22 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Gangster Culture in the Movies

"He used to be a big shot." That's how a gangster's girlfriend describes him as she cradles his corpse at the end of "The Roaring Twenties." But the line could be plugged into any gangster film that ends with a tough-talking, two-fisted, hot-tempered alpha male cooling his heels in prison, frying in an electric chair or bleeding out in an alley.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • January 9, 2013 12:38 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE Q.T., CHAPTER 4: KILL BILL: The Female Archetype vs. The Goddess

Withhold information, then release it. Set up expectations, then subvert them. Tease, then gratify. This is how you construct an epic. This is how Quentin Tarantino, block by block, builds up "Kill Bill."
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Andreas Stoehr
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  • January 4, 2013 8:30 AM
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In Remembrance of Harris Savides: 1957-2012

Cinematographer Harris Savides, who died yesterday at 54, was a poet of light. He shot some of the stylistically striking movies of the last two decades.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • October 12, 2012 11:41 AM
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The Mystery of Werner Herzog: Two Video Essays and One Text Essay

One of the most revealing statements in the book "Herzog on Herzog" appears early on, when Werner Herzog tells interviewer Paul Cronin that from the time he was a young child he has suffered a particular "communication defect": he has no sense of irony.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Matthew Cheney
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  • September 28, 2012 8:55 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Ninja Turtles: Generation Y in a Half Shell

“Ugh. Where do they come up with this stuff?” groans a frustrated Raphael, the brooding, red-bandana-wearing member of the Ninja Turtles, whilst walking out of a New York movie theater that’s playing the 1980s creature feature "Critters."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 30, 2012 10:56 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: THE DARK KNIGHT: NOLAN'S MODERNIZED MYTH

When director Christopher Nolan first conceived of his Batman film trilogy, the challenge was revitalizing a hero who had previously been buried in cinematic fantasy shtick—a de-evolution that started with Tim Burton’s promising "Batman" and ended with Joel Schumacher’s laughably bad "Batman & Robin."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 10, 2012 9:34 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: Cocaine du Cinema

Cocaine’s presence in movies is a tricky object to dissect. Even with an awful, bloody contemporary history under its belt, cocaine seems to be the “cool” drug for modern cinematic heroes and heroines.
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • June 13, 2012 8:55 AM
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